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Magic Gate co-founders Todd “Too $hort” Shaw and Monica Payne.; Credit: Photo by Rebecca Haithcoat

Inside the Magic Gate, Too $hort's High-Tech Production House

Todd “Too $hort” Shaw is sitting beside his partner Monica Payne, a powerhouse with a pixie cut, in the belly of their brand-new baby — a 5,000-square-foot digital production facility in Studio City called the Magic Gate. Dave Hampton, who renovated Prince’s Paisley Park, designed the space, which the couple......
What We Do Is Secret

Movie Reviews: The Rocker, The House Bunny, Death Race

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL The scattershot America the Beautiful recapitulates vintage Beauty Myth trumpery: Beauty standards make us average frumps miserable and are the conspiratorial invention of a cabal of Madison Avenue execs working in concert with Patriarchal Hegemony. Director Darryl Roberts, a well-intentioned softie, follows early-blooming 13-year-old Gerren Taylor up......

Shades of Brown

Agustin Gurza, a Los Angeles Times staffwriter who covers Latino music and culture, was in the paper’s ground-floor cafeteria last July when he heard the young, mostly Mexican and Central American workers behind a lunch counter chatting away about an item in that day’s edition. Reventon Super Estrella, a multiband......

The Story in the Soil

Photos by Jay Muhlin Leave behind buildings, the city planners got mapped out. Bring with you history and make your hard-earned feast. Then we’ll go to Omaha, To work and exploit the booming music scene. —Rilo Kiley, “The Execution of All Things” I left Los Angeles around midnight with few......

Letters

BACK TO THE RANCH Greg Goldin’s story “Giving Up the Ranch” [June 6–12] missed some important aspects of the Newhall Ranch project. Similar to Valencia and the city of Irvine, Newhall is a smart-growth, master-planned community. This cutting-edge approach to development prevents the patchwork quilt of unplanned sprawl. New development......

The Eyes of Perpetual War

Photo by David Fahey IN 1996, PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES NACHTWEY WAS on assignment for Time magazine to document the human disaster lingering in Afghanistan after more than a decade of war and civil war. There in Kabul, barely marked gravestones stretched to the horizon across a landscape of cracked earth, a......
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